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Xyliatos, Fish ,Fishermen and the Cyprus Grass Snake

Xyliatos, Fish ,Fishermen and the Cyprus Grass Snake

February 14, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

BENEATH the still waters of the picturesque reservoir of Xyliatos, a battle for survival has been raging between an aggressive, large-mouthed alien and an unassuming, unassertive native. On land, meanwhile, ensuring victory for the home-grown underdog has involved turning accepted environmental good practice on its head and redrawn the battles lines between illegal and legal […]

Snakes in Cyprus

Snakes in Cyprus

February 9, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

 George is writing a replacement for this temporary page which will be published as soon as it available (10/2010) With drought and thousands of acres of agricultural land being developed into housing estates, snakes are becoming a more common sight in our gardens and in urban areas of Cyprus. The snakes seek food, water and […]

Snake George says conservation plan too little, too late

Snake George says conservation plan too little, too late

February 9, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

A LOCAL reptiles expert yesterday hit out at government plans to save the Cyprus grass snake, saying the rescue plan should have been launched years ago. On Monday, the Game Fund announced it was to bring over a US expert to draw up a plan for saving the fast disappearing species, called a water-snake in […]

Anglers being roped in to save cyprus grass snake

Anglers being roped in to save cyprus grass snake

February 9, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

By Michele Kambas Published by The Cyprus Mail on February 9, 2010 ANGLERS are being brought in to help rescue a critically endangered Cyprus water snake that has lived on the island for thousands of years, but now faces a major threat from a snappy fish with a big appetite. As of next Monday, when […]

EU Legal Action

EU Legal Action

February 8, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

EU Legal Action   The European Commission will take the Cypriot Government to court for failing to protect the Cypriot grass snake. Statement This case concerns the lack of protection of the Cypriot grass snake (Natrix natrix cypriaca) which is an endemic priority species, listed at Annexes II and IV of Directive 92/43 and needs […]

The Cyprus Grass Snake

The Cyprus Grass Snake

February 8, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

The Cyprus Grass Snake   Natrix natrix cypriaca Introduction:  The Grass Snake is one of the most rare and endangered snakes in Cyprus.  This snake, was first mentioned as “water snake” by Dr. J. Sibthorp who visited Cyprus in 1787.  Boulenger in 1888 in his list “On Reptiles and Batrachians from Cyprus” cites it as […]